‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special Screening in U.S. Theaters; Tickets Going Fast

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It’s a good year to be a Doctor Who fan. The venerable sci-fi series is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and while Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith is leaving the show, we know that our Twelfth Doctor will be Peter Capaldi (The Thick Of It), as an older Doctor who could bring a new, introspective dimension to our favorite 900-year old Time Lord from Gallifrey.  Plus, this November, the 50th Anniversary Special Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor will simulcast around the world, along with 3D screenings in selected U.S. movie theaters.

At the time, the only wrinkle in the simulcast/3D screening news was the lack of information about where and when U.S. audiences would be able to watch the special. Now, we know the date is November 23rd, 2013, and BBC America brings us a full list of the cities and theaters here in the United States where the special will screen. Also, the American screenings will include an exclusive 10-minute short feature, which will only be available online in the UK.

As of October 25th, tickets are on sale at REGmovies.comCinemark.com and Fandango.com.

Check out the full U.S. city list below:

Los Angeles
Cinemark Rave 18 + IMAX (Los Angeles, CA)
Century Huntington Beach Bella Terra + XD (Huntington Beach, CA)

New York
AMC Loews Village 7 (New York, NY)
Regal E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX (New York, NY)

Century Evanston + XD (Evanston, IL)
Cinemark at Seven Bridges + IMAX (Woodridge, IL)

Cinemark Rave University City Penn (Philadelphia, PA)
Cinemark 16 (Somerdale, NJ)

Dallas-Ft. Worth
Cinemark West Plano + XD (Plano, TX)

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
Century San Francisco Centre 9 (San Francisco, CA)

Washington, DC (Hagrstwn)
Cinemark Rave Fairfax Corner + XD (Fairfax, VA)

Cinemark Tinseltown + XD (The Woodlands, TX)

Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville, GA)

Cinemark Lincoln Square Cinema (Bellevue, WA)

AMC Southdale 16 (Edina, MN)

“The Day of the Doctor” features an “all-star cast,” including fan-favorite Tenth Doctor David Tennant, the return of Billie Piper, who played Tennant’s companion Rose Tyler, and John Hurt, who was first introduced in the Season 7 finale simply as “The Doctor.” Also returning are Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) and Jemma Redgrave (as Kate Stewart, a character from the 1995 Doctor-less direct-to-video spin-off “Downtime” who was featured in the Season 7 episode “The Power of Three”).

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While the 50th Anniversary Special won’t include any of the classic Doctors from the 20th century, the recent teaser trailer for “The Day of the Doctor” made it clear that the Doctor’s past will be a central part of the story, with Stephen Moffat stating: “It is important you don’t turn it into a fanfest. We can’t make this all about looking backwards. It’s actually got to be the start of a new story.”

While it’s been reported that Matt Smith and David Tennant tried to pitch further installments starring the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors, and fans would have eaten it up, the story needs to move forward as Peter Capaldi takes the role. Fans also look forward to the Special answering (or at least addressing) some of the complicated regeneration issues which plague the series’ continuity.

With the simulcast screening on the big-screen in 3D, does this mean Moffat and company are eyeing future official film installments of Doctor Who? Not terribly likely, given the serialized nature of the long-running story, but it sounds like “The Day of the Doctor” was given a budget reflecting its significance.

So is the 50th Anniversary Special screening in a theater near you, Screen Ranters? Are you going to attend? Sound off in the comments!


The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special will be simulcast around the world on November 23rd, 2013.

Source: BBC America

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  1. Ordered my tickets last night can’t wait!

  2. Why not New Orleans? It’s a stop on ComicCon…

    • I am not sure. I live in LA but don’t exactly know where that theater is. and I don’t know if it’s enough to get me there.
      I do have, though, right on the table next to me “DOWNTIME” by some coincidence. I’ve seen it once but forget everything. I will watch it soon. I have just started watching (in order) the first few episodes of the 4th Doctor. I have his whole collection on DVD now, as of the last to come out “Terror of the Zygons”.
      I watched the 10th Doctor and really liked him, just under the 4th Doctor. I watched a few episodes of the 11th and never really tuned in. I am interested in an older 12th Doctor though, but I think that the article is wrong saying he is 900 years old. If I remember correctly, Sarah Jane mentions that the 4th Doctor is 950, but I might not remember correctly. I wonder can Screenrant or another ranter confirm or deny?

      • I’m pretty sure he’s mentioned being over a thousand by now, though I feel like he may not actually know.

        • I think he does know though. It has been mentioned and I know for sure it is mentioned in during the 4th Doctor’s time.

      • In Pyramid of Mars (see Youtube clip “I know you’re a Timelord”), Tom Baker states he’s around 750 years old.

        • @Loki,
          thanks! Now I won’t go crazy trying to go through each episode! so maybe he is around 900 now then…

  3. I’ve got my tickets for the simulcast!


  4. none of the places are even remotely close to me :/ …. thats a shame.

    • The article failed to mention that on November 25th it will be in over 300 cities across the US. It’s unfortunate it’s not the simulcast, but it is probably the only chance to watch Doctor Who on the big screen, shot in true 3D

      • where would one get a list of these 300 cities and/or purchase tickets for one of said showings I might ask?

        PS: I’m movieDude and steveChow

        • nm found it.

          Its not till the 25th that I could see it. I’ll prbly just watch it on the 23rd at home.

  5. Just watched a marathon, still on-going, of Doctor Who. It appears that John Hurt’s character will be the meta-crisis doctor, although I very well could be wrong. It looks like this Doctor will create a new Tardis, using the technology that Rose Tyler used to hop universes. Notice some of the leaked shots of a lighter blue Tardis. Since this Doctor can age, this could explain the appearance of John Hurt. In the episode The Stolen Earth where Davros reappears, Dalek Caan speaks of a prophesy that The Doctor will see the end of time, again. Maybe a hint at the ending of the Time War, and the return of Gallifrey. He has been running from it… Another thought, The Master was resurrected. It could be that The Doctor does die at Trenzalor, and gets resurrected as well, via the help of River Song, paralleling how it happened on The End of Time. We all know that The Doctor lies, but the author Steven Moffat admittedly lies as well. We will all see the secret, soon enough. That’s it, for now…

    • I think it’d be cool if John Hurt was an aged Master going up against Capaldi’s Doctor. Could be as great as the Tennant/Simm episodes from years ago.

  6. I see it is not playing in Miami, Florida. Can anyone link me in the right direction for the list of cities to be added on the 25th? It looks like I will watch at home. Still if I can go watch it again, I would do so. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys! So excited to see this! Cannot wait to see Tennant again; he has my heart. I will miss Matt Smiths amazing act though.